Joseph Aamidor is a senior product and market strategy consultant focused on smart buildings, IoT, energy and real estate. He has nearly 15 years of experience in building and energy technology. He provides strategic guidance and advice to established building management firms, technology providers, and early-stage innovators. He helps these firms understand the smart buildings market, develop competitive strategy, and forge partnerships. Previously, he served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group and was a product manager at Johnson Controls. He frequently speaks at industry events and regularly publishes articles on the energy and smart building industry. Connect with him on Twitter (at https://twitter.com/jaamidor) and LinkedIn (at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jaamidor) or at http://www.aamidorconsulting.com
Stina Brock is the Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions at Sunverge and currently leads Sunverge’s Solutions Engineering team. Stina is focused on developing strategies to monetize the value that distributed energy resources can provide to consumers, utilities, and grid operators. She is working on the application of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to the energy industry and on innovative ways to disrupt energy markets. At Sunverge, Stina is responsible for developing Sunverge's product and utility offerings. She has been with Sunverge since 2012 and, as an original member of the product team, grew the company's product to commercialization. Previous to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed demand response program operations at EnerNOC, a smart grid industry leader. She started her career at Accenture as a management consultant in the technology sector. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, where she researched distributed and renewable power generation, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.
Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.
Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.
Hilary Flynn is the Director of External Innovation at National Grid. In this role, she advises the regulated and unregulated businesses on emerging technology trends and market opportunities. She also works closely with the company’s external innovation partners, including incubators and associations, as well as startups. Prior to joining National Grid, Hilary was a Managing Consultant for Lux Research, a technology advisory firm, and responsible for the Asia Pacific consulting practice. She has also held consulting positions with MJ Bradley & Associates, Meister Consultants Group, and PHOTON Consulting.
Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems. Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.
Rachel Gold is a Manager in Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity and buildings practices. Rachel’s work focuses on changes to the utility business model and regulatory policy to advance the integration of distributed energy resources into the electricity system. Her most recent work addresses distributed energy resource (DER) customer engagement, including the opportunity for regulators in electric vehicle adoption and integration, and for utilities in testing new revenue streams to support DER adoption. She supports e-Lab strategy and business development, and served as the project manager for the first e-Lab Summit.
Rachel has also served a member of the Residential Energy+ team, where she led efforts to enhance transparency and valuation of energy upgrades throughout the residential real estate process.
Josh Gould is Department Manager for Con Edison’s “Utility of the Future” group, where he focuses on identifying new business opportunities related to the growth of distributed energy resources, and developing new REV demonstration projects. Prior to joining Con Edison, he led the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) approach to commercializing power systems research. During his time at ARPA-E, he worked with companies such as AutoGrid, Varentec, Smart Wires, and ProsumerGrid who, in aggregate, raised over $100M in private capital and deployed technology developed in the program to utility customers. Prior to joining ARPA-E, he founded Gould Energy Storage, a firm that helped client Southern California Edison write the winning proposal for what was – at the time – the world's largest lithium-ion grid storage battery at a wind farm in Tehachapi, CA. Prior to this, he worked for Innosight Ventures, an investment firm based on the applied research of Dr. Clayton Christensen, disruptive innovation theorist and a Professor at the Harvard Business School. He holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
David Groarke is an experienced utility technology and strategy consultant. He has worked with power companies globally to define new growth opportunities, business model evolutions and strategic technology deployments. In this capacity, David has designed large capital technology and modernization programs ($1B+), led cleantech research teams and provided subject matter expertise for a range of utilities in the areas of technology strategy, strategic planning, innovation management, business model evolution, customer engagement, utility automation, distributed energy resource management and data analytics. He has published several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. Prior to Indigo, David held executive positions at Accenture and PA Consulting Group and led innovative research at Greentech Media Research. David holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and has studied European programs at Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.
As CEO of Groom Energy Solutions, Jon is responsible for strategy and overall operations. Prior to co-founding Groom Energy, Jon was a general partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. At CRV, Jon was an active lead investor, board member or advisor for high profile software and service companies such as BeFree (acquired by ValueClick), eDocs (acquired by Siebel Systems), Vignette (VIGN), Virtusa (VRTU) and Xign Corporation (acquired by JP Morgan Chase).
Before CRV, Jon held senior management positions at Open Market, a start-up ecommerce software company that went public in 1996. Prior to joining the early Open Market team, Jon served in a variety of senior product marketing and sales management roles with both Hewlett Packard and J.P. Morgan.
Jon earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction. He is a co-founder and Board Member of Digital Lumens, an LED lighting company he co-founded in 2007. Jon is also a past member and committee chair of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors as well as the Board of Visitors at The Museum of Sciences Boston.
Stefan is a pioneer in the development of the solar industry. His 20 years of experience includes ground breaking PV encapsulation research; development of the world’s first AC module system Plug&Power™; developing the Combined Cycle durability test program now used globally; building a 20MW manufacturing facility in Germany; PV system design; large scale solar power plant development; and solar home energy management. Holder of several patents he is recognised internationally for his deep industry expertise.
Co-founder and CEO of Solar Analytics, Stefan leads a team of engineers, developers and designers in providing analytics that empowers people to navigate the changing energy landscape (or as he likes to call it - peak solar for every roof).
Mr. Quiniones was Co-Chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which helped carry out Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's vision for reimagining New York State's energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Under his leadership, NYPA is currently playing a key role in the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to use market forces and new technology to empower customers and encourage the growth of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Before joining NYPA in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Quiniones served in several positions in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications. He previously worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility's unregulated energy services company.
Mr. Quiniones is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry's international research and development organization. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, serves on the boards of the Large Public Power Council and the Alliance to Save Energy and is NYPA's principal representative to the American Public Power Association.
Shayle Kann is Senior Advisor at GTM Research, now Wood Mackenzie. For the past 8.5 years he led GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the transformation of the global electricity sector. An expert on next-generation energy, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia, and testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ben is the Director of Grid Research for GTM Research, specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.
He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.
Elta is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint PhD funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her PhD she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids, and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from Spain and France and a BA in Economics from Union College (NY).
Lydia Krefta is a Principal Product Manager for Emerging Technologies on the Grid Innovation and Integration (GII) team at PG&E where she has been leading blockchain application development for two energy focused pilots, to be launched in 2018. In addition to blockchain, Lydia is developing and executing pilot projects related to vehicle-to-grid integration, EV communications protocols and residential/commercial/industrial building electrification. Prior to her current role, she developed long-term (15-30 years) gas and electric business model and investment strategies as part of the Corporate Strategy team. Lydia also has experience in the defense industry where she worked on the F-16 program at Northrop Grumman. She holds a B.S. w/Honors in Engineering Science from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from UCLA.
Yoav Lurie is the CEO and Founder of Simple Energy, where he is responsible for the company’s overall strategy and direction. Simple Energy delivers a turnkey solution to help utilities build a customer relationship for the future by motivating customer action and streamlining transactions and program adoption. The Simple Energy customer engagement and marketplace solutions use data science, behavioral psychology, energy analytics, and integrated incentives with e-commerce to deliver energy and demand savings while enabling distributed energy resource adoption. For its utility customers, Simple Energy both meets regulation-driven energy efficiency goals and increases customer satisfaction.
Prior to founding Simple Energy, Yoav helped build Synteractive, a Washington, DC-based IT services firm, where he led the effort to rebuild Recovery.gov – the official U.S. Government website for tracking the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Yoav has also been a Managing Director at Teach For America and has worked with CrisisCommons, a global community of volunteers that build crowd-sourced disaster relief web and mobile applications.
As an undergraduate at Duke University, Yoav started Camp Kesem, a free residential summer camp for children of cancer patients, which now has over 54 chapters in 27 states.
Under Yoav's direction of the company, Simple Energy has achieved the following notable awards:
Denver Business Journal's Healthiest Places to Work - 2015
Boulder Tech Innovator of the Year - 2015
Global Cleantech 100's Ones to Watch - 2014
Inc. Magazine’s top “30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs - 2012
He currently lives in Boulder, CO, with his wife and adorable 2-year-old daughter.
Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Master's in Hydraulic Resource Management Engineering from the same university, and Doctorate in Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes. Between 2011 and 2013 he served as Energy Markets Specialist at Celsia before joining the Argo Group as Director of Corporate Strategy focusing on energy issues. In 2015, he was appointed Innovation Manager at Celsia.
David is the Managing Director of Power Ledger, a leading blockchain energy trading platform. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in the electricity industry and has held executive positions in two State-owned electricity utilities. David has spent the past 6 years as a senior consultant to industry participants specializing in regulation of distribution networks, DNSP consumer engagement, renewable/new technology feasibility studies and business development. David has significant experience in the challenges and opportunities facing regulated DNSPs as they transition to a new energy-demand paradigm that sees customer behaviour leading technology and service demand changes that can present “make or break” opportunities for DNSPs. David is passionate about the development of a low-carbon electricity system focused on the needs of all consumers.
Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state public power organization. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s 2020 strategic vision - transforming The Authority into a 21st century utility of the future. In addition, Doug leads the creation of new strategic programs aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing innovative solutions to make the energy system more efficient and the grid more resilient. He has over 15 years’ experience helping utilities navigate complex technology, regulatory or market change across generation, transmission and distribution businesses.
Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.
Chris Moris leads the Sunrun Advanced Product team which includes BrightBox energy storage, controllable devices, and next generation energy solutions. The Advanced Product team develops and maintains first-to-market products that add value to the solar proposition through control and optimization of energy assets. Chris has spent the entirety of his career in Solar and has carried various roles from Operations, Software Automation, Engineering/Design, to Product. In the utility/grid space, Chris co-invented a distributed control system and was a Principal on the SolarCity Grid Engineering Solutions team.
Daniel is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research. He focuses on distribution automation, utility network operations, grid edge network analytics and utilities’ non-wires alternative projects. Prior to GTM, Daniel pursued a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Applied Economics at Cornell University. Throughout his doctoral studies, he examined the restructuring of electricity markets for the integration of renewable energy, energy storage, and distributed energy resources. He graduated magna cum laude from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Jan-Willem Rombouts co-founded REstore and serves as its co-CEO after a career at Goldman Sachs where he last served as Executive Director of Credit Trading Strategy. He brings expertise in quantitative modeling and software development. At REstore Jan-Willem leads the product innovation, technology development and trading activities. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from NYU and a graduate certificate in Data Mining and Applications from Stanford University.
Marco Terruzzin – Based in San Francisco, California, Marco Terruzzin is an internationally recognized expert in clean tech and climate change mitigation strategies having developed 200+ carbon emission reduction projects under the Kyoto protocol (~$2 billion value). With over 20 years of experience, he is an accomplished clean tech executive with a track record of increasing EBITDA and generating multi-million dollar revenue streams across the carbon markets, energy storage and renewable energy industries. Having launched two international companies, Mr. Terruzzin has also developed extensive experience in recruiting and building teams and growing innovative initiatives into multi-million dollar businesses lines. He has held senior management positions at leading energy companies like E.ON Climate and Renewables (one of Europe’s largest public energy companies), General Electric Wind, Evolution Markets and Roland Berger Management Consulting. Mr. Terruzzin holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Darden School of Business, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in Applied Statistics (Energy Economics).
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Drew Murphy is senior vice president of strategic planning for Edison International. He is responsible for strategic planning for Edison International and its subsidiaries, advancing strategic initiatives that are key to achieving business growth and long-term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry, including distributed renewable generation, commercial and industrial energy services, and competitive transmission. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of variety of non-regulated businesses in the energy sector.
Prior to joining Edison International, Murphy was senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he headed the utilities, energy and power team. His team was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and the management of existing investments in regulated utility, power generation and midstream energy industries.
Previously, Murphy served in a number of senior executive positions at NRG Energy, Inc., including executive vice president, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, executive vice president and president, Northeast Region, and executive vice president and general counsel.
Murphy has also served as a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he worked in the New York, London and Washington, D.C offices leading the global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice.
Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1983 and a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1987, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review.
Dr. Robert Denda is Head of Network Technology and Innovation at the Global Infrastructure and Networks business line of the Enel group, responsible for technologies developed and applied at Enel's worldwide distribution grids, serving 65 million grid customers. Previously, from 2014 to 2015 he worked within this business line function as Head of Smart Metering Solutions. Previous responsibilities include the coordination of the smart metering roll-out project of 13 million meters at Endesa in Spain, R&D department director and innovation manager in the telecommunication sector, and Manager of technology services at Endesa Ingenieria. He is also an active participant at European and international associations related to the Energy sector. He holds a diploma degree in Computer Science and Business Administration and a PhD from the University of Mannheim, Germany
Jessica Stromback leads the Joule business development operations in Europe. Currently she is Technical Manager for the Advanced, an FP7 project involving ERDF, Enel, Iberdrola, and RWE.
She is also is the Executive Director and founder of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC). The SEDC is a Brussels based not-for-profit industry group, which represents the requirements for demand side programs in Europe, this includes programs such as Demand Response, energy usage feedback and information, smart home, in-home and in-building automation, electric vehicle charging management, and other programs. The SEDC vision is to promote the active participation of flexible demand side resources in European electricity markets – to ensure consumer benefits, increase security of supply and reduce carbon emissions. The 47 SEDC Members include aggregators, electricity retailers, DSOs, TSOs and technology providers, representing over 150 million European consumers.
From 2006-2013 Jessica Stromback acted as Chairman of VaasaETT ltd. She has acted as project manager for such projects as ‘SG4-GHG’ an FP 7 project modeling the potential of the Smart Grid to lower green house gas emissions around Europe, ‘Empower Demand’ comparing 100 residential pilot projects according to 23 variables involving over 450,000 households and ‘Respond 2010’ an 18 month multi-client study reviewing the development of residential Smart Metering and Demand Response in 23 national markets. She has also participated in or led consultancy and research projects for: ADEME, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, Nuon, EDF, Capgemini, RWE, Landis & Gyr, Panasonic, CREIPI of Japan, British Gas, Bord Gais, Union Fenosa, BC Hydro, TietoEnator, E-control, Israeli Electric and Onzo, among others.
Caroline Choi is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
Patrick Flynn is the Senior Director of Sustainability for Salesforce, the world’s leading CRM provider and the fastest growing top 10 software company in the world. Prior to Salesforce, Patrick worked for IO, a leading global colocation data center provider, where he led sustainability strategy and also built and led a San Francisco-based R&D team. He has experience working as a building engineer (he has a P.E. in HVAC) and as an investor in a cleantech venture capital firm, where he focused on green building technologies and software-driven energy efficiency. Patrick holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He received the Thomas R. Peterson Achievement Award and two Peer Recognition Awards for his contributions to the MIT Sloan community.